It’s no secret that the Braves are a much-improved club in the season’s second-half, currently ranking third in runs scored for the month of September. The offense has been noticeably better of late, and has helped to lead the team on its current six-game win streak.
On Thursday the offense was lead by left fielder Matt Kemp, who homered twice and drove in three runs in a 6-3 victory over Miami. Freddie Freeman added two RBI, extending his hitting streak to 26 games, and Ender Inciarte continued his incredible week with two hits and two runs out of the leadoff spot. Inciarte is now hitting a robust .355 since the All-Star break.
The Braves will hope to provide similar production in support of tonight’s starter, Matt Wisler, who is coming off a solid start against Washington in which he gave up just two runs over 5.2 innings. Wisler currently owns a 4.93 ERA on the year, but has been much better in three of his past four starts. The key for Wisler moving forward is consistency, and if he is able to pitch well down the stretch it could have a major impact on the Braves’ offseason plans.
On the mound for Miami will be right-hander Andrew Cashner, who faced the Braves earlier this month and was tagged for seven earned runs in just two innings. Cashner has struggled for most of the second-half, plagued by control issues that were less evident during his time in San Diego (maybe he’s injured, right A.J. Preller?). The Braves will look to continue their good work against Cashner along with their success at Marlins Park, where they are now 5-1 on the season.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:10 pm ET
Marlins Park, Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports South
Radio: WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network, 680 AM / 93.7 FM